Autism Spectrum Disorder and School Bullying: Who is the Victim? Who is the Perpetrator?

Soonjo Hwang, Young Shin Kim, Yun Joo Koh, Bennett L. Leventhal

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Abstract

While a growing number of studies indicate associations between experiences of bullying and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it is not clear what roles comorbid behavioral problems may play. We investigated the experiences of children with ASD as victims and/or perpetrators of bullying. Children with ASD epidemiologically ascertained participated in a cross-sectional study. Although children with ASD showed significantly increased risk for bullying involvement compared to community children, after controlling for comorbid psychopathology and other demographic factors, increased risks for being perpetrators or victim-perpetrators disappeared while risk for being bullied/teased continued to be significantly elevated. This finding will help guide medical, educational and community personnel to effectively identify children with ASD at risk for school bullying and develop interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-238
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Autism diagnostic observation scale and autism diagnostic interview
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Behavior assessment system for children
  • Comorbid psychopathology
  • DSM-5
  • School bullying

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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